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Poster: Reade Date: Oct 13, 2012 11:21am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: has the novelty worn off ?

Maybe 'complex' is the wrong word? Whatever the reason is for some people preferring July-Dec.'72 to the first half is the word I was looking for. (Wasn't trying to compare it to other eras, like '69 for example).
The subtlety, nuance,... dynamics.... of a piece like the Dark Star from 9/27/72 I don't hear in the Spring performances. The ensemble playing, the soloing, the way it can get so quiet, and at other times so raucous! Amazing stuff.
Spring '72 Dead to me is a good wine that needs to stay in the bottle just a bit longer to become great.

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Poster: light into ashes Date: Oct 13, 2012 11:42am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: has the novelty worn off ?

The late-'72 jams are different...deeper, maybe, and sometimes more harrowing. I prefer the '72 style to the '73 style overall - I feel like some of the edge & energy had gone out, aside from the Tigers & feedback explorations. That's just a matter of preference (I don't think I prefer spring or fall '72 over each other, aside from missing Pigpen's material in the fall) - at any rate, I'd just point out that the Dead's style was always in transition, so I'm not sure the idea that they evolved to a single point of perfection holds up too well. ('69 is much less complex in the playing of course, but no less gripping for me!) '73 and '77 are just as transitional as other years, just lacking dramatic changes in membership. And there are things to love even in earlier, more embryonic pieces - the short fireball Playings of early '72 have a concentrated energy, for instance, that's missing in the longer, spacier versions.

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Poster: jerlouvis Date: Oct 13, 2012 2:03pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: has the novelty worn off ?

Yeah Reade,I didn't understand what you meant by complex although I agree that the later 72' stuff had a different feel,I think that was just the band growing more familiar with themselves and their approach to the more out part of the repertoire since re-introducing it when Keith joined in late 71'.I'm with you in that the jams seem more developed and diverse and that is why it is my favorite period.I whole heartedly agree that the spring shows are over rated when compared to the volume and quality of great music the band played between July-December,there is simply no comparison.As for the 73'-74' era,it is full of brilliant stuff,but like LIA it lost a certain edge for me.